New year’s resolution for 2014: focus on quality
It’s 2014 – a new year and I get it: you are ready to make some resolutions.
This year, among musicians and producers alike, I’ve seen one new year’s resolution pass the bar countless times. It might even be something that others have been telling you to do – I know I’ve been given this exact advice a number of times:
“Make one song every week in 2014”
“Write down one song idea every day in 2014”
“Make one song every week in 2014”
This kind of new year’s resolution is a really terrible idea.
Allow me to explain.
I know, at first glance it looks like great advice. It touches on the importance of productivity and I will never be one to argue with that at all. Productivity and workflow is something I value dearly.
But I do want to warn you that when you’re following such a new year’s resolution with regards to your music, you probably won’t be satisfied with your produce at the end of the year.
Why? Well here’s what’s going to happen. If you write down one song idea every day, you will indeed be coming up with a ton of songs that you could write – and then you’re never going to actually get around to producing any of them.
If your vow was to make one song every week in 2014, at the end of the day (or year in this case) you will end up with 52 song that are at their very best… only “ok”.
Your quality will suffer
That’s the problem. You will be focusing so much on quantity that you won’t have any time or energy left to actually produce a quality track that you can be proud of.
The thing is, coming up with new ideas is relatively easy. If you’ve ever done a brainstorm, you’ll know.
It’s taking an idea and turning it into a well executed, well produced song that’s the tricky part!
So I want to offer you my advice for a new year’s resolution:
Pick one idea right now and make it sound as good as you can.
I’m talking about taking one idea that you’ve been producing and calling the production stage finished. You should now be focusing on getting that idea to sound stellar. Where to start? Well if you’re not already following the Start To Mix series, head on over to the first episode to learn how you can mix your song to sound great.
But most importantly: Finish. That. Song.
Don’t fall into the trap of continually adding new ideas to the song. You’ll never be done with that. So the best thing you can do right now is to pick an idea, work hard to get it sounding the best you can and then calling it finished.
Remember, your goal should not be to make as many songs as you possibly can this year and ending up with a whole lot of trash.
Your goal should be to make at least ONE song that’s completely finished and ready for a public release.
If you do that, you’ll feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and pride.
Dont worry though, I’m not asking you to stop making any other music. I just want you to get something out in the open that sounds really great. I want to help you get that one song sounding amazing!
Oh and how long should you work on one song? Well if you can manage one song in one month’s time – great! If it takes you half a year, no worries either. Just make sure that you do start and finish that one song. That’s all I ask you to do.
So pick an idea, check out Start To Mix episode 1 to prepare yourself and your files for mixing and go and make some great sounds!
Thanks for letting me help you to make your music sound great!
Kevin – The Soundcoach